On this day in 1984 The Smiths released 'Hatful Of Hollow', a brilliant collection of singles, B sides and rarities. When they started out the philosophy was "they can't ignore us if we keep releasing material" so they had a habit of releasing quick singles, this collection quickly followed the release of their first album. Their debut and most recent singles up to that point are there, I particularly love the descending chords on 'William, It Was Really Nothing' and the guitar tremolo magic on the epic 'How Soon Is Now'. They also have a few recordings from a John Peel BBC live session, the band weren't happy with their debut LP because it didn't capture their live sound but here we get the real deal, this version of 'What Difference Does It Make' is SOOOO much better with the more natural-sounding guitars and I love the quick tension on 'Handsome Devil'. This is a very important Indie record because The Smiths created such a rush of excitement when they started out and this release played on that while capturing it very well, it possibly won't enter the debate over their greatest album because it's so natural and organic sounding. This is the ideal entry point for one of the UK's most sophisticated, literate and talented bands.